700 N.W. Bond Street / Bend, OR, 97703
Thursday, March 2, 2017
7 p.m. til 10 p.m. FreeAll ages welcome
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In early 2012, Bend-based
singer-songwriter Shireen Amini was asked to put together an all-Latin band for
a Cinco de Mayo festival in Central Oregon. She was known mostly for her
American soul-based original music but often included a few songs in Spanish her
set. Little did she know that this one-time project would end up becoming a
full-on gigging band. ¡Chiringa! splashed onto the scene with its fresh,
rockified Latin grooves coupled with beautifully passionate vocal lines. Both
the seasoned dancer as well as the regular booty shaker have found deep
gratification at a ¡Chiringa! show, where everyone is invited to receive the
infectiousness of Latin rhythms in their own way.
Chee-reen-gah), means "kite" in Spanish, or Puerto Rican-style
Spanish to be more precise. Shireen being of both Puerto Rican and Iranian
descent was nicknamed "Chiringa" by Puerto Rican family members who
had a hard time pronouncing the "sh" sound in her Iranian name.
¡Chiringa!, the band, brings forth this rich musical heritage via the songs
Shireen grew up loving, her musical training in Afro-Latin styles, and the
diverse musical backgrounds of her 3 affectionately-regarded "gringo"
band members, who happen to have incredible flavor. The band's repertoire
covers a wide range of pop stars and legends in the Latin music world like
Santana, Celia Cruz, Selena, Juanes, Shakira, Maná, Ozomatli, and Buena Vista
Social Club. It also spans an incredibly wide variety of Latin genres including
salsa, cumbia, cha cha cha, bachata, samba, merengue, tango, Latin rock and
more. The band features Shireen Amini on guitar and lead vocals, Johnny Riordan
on congas and timbales, Tom Freedman on bass and trumpet, and Matthew Williams
on drum kit. Everyone gets down on percussion. ¡Chiringa! always invites a big
dance party and audience participation, pulling everyone into the music using
their voices and bodies and making it anywhere from a slow and sexy to a wildly
ecstatic display on the dance floor.
Shireen, Johnny, Tom, and Matthew
focus their heart's intent on bringing to life the diversity and subtleties of
Latin music so that it can be known in a way that truly honors its roots and
its reputation for spreading joy to all who will receive it. ¡Chiringa! invites
you, people of all different backgrounds, to just get down and celebrate life
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